I find it really hard to believe that with all the science and evidence available regarding the superiority of breast milk over formula that exists out there that any nurse would not support breastfeeding as the only option viable for a healthy mother and child.
I'm not saying that there are cases where it is not possible for babies to latch on, I know there are, but in this case, we should have affordable (and health insurance covered) breast milk banks to provide those infants who absolutely cannot latch on with the best nutrition possible.
And, no, your child will not be dumb if you don't feed them breast milk, but your child will have higher chances of having food allergies and being obese.
I also saw a post in this thread that talked about mothers who aren't comfortable breastfeeding. Huh???? Do we really think that an individual that feels it is disgusting to feed their child with the tools nature has provided so wisely is fit to be a parent? I don't think so. That kid will have some issues later on in life because if a mother cannot bear to hold her child skin to skin in order to feed it, then you bet that mother will not hold her baby often at all. Sad.
The idea with this initiative is to encourage mothers to do just that -- be mothers. If this kind of initiative became a nationwide idea, then mothers would stand up for themselves at work and demand more family friendly maternity leave and also stand up once they go back to work and demand appropriate breaks and storage for pumping milk so they don't have to do it in the bathroom stall... Just saying that this is a culture change we must promote in order to support strong families and better rights for working mothers. And not just working mothers. Women should not be ashamed of feeding their child in public for goodness sakes! Or having to cover themselves under those ridiculous breastfeeding privacy tents that are being sold now. I could not believe the first time I saw one of those things -- they only perpetuate the idea that feeding a child the food that nature provided for it is gross and should be done behind closed doors. Absolutely insane.
And lastly, if you really think that it is a choice to breastfeed instead of an obligation as a female of the human species, think about this: I remember a few years ago reading a news report about a family stranded in a car in a snow storm. The mother was breastfeeding the baby and was able to maintain her children (not just the baby) hydrated and alive during their 4 or 5 day stint stuck in the middle of nowhere in winter until rescue arrived. Do you think this would have been possible if that baby was formula fed? There is a reason why we have breasts that produce milk until our human babies are independent enough to feed on other things. It's called basic survival of the species.